Murray Highgate


Peacefully and surrounded by love on Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 Murray passed away with family by his side at the age of 70.  

He was a proud father of his daughters: Sabrina (Adam Poirier), Lindsay and Samantha. His step-sons: Chris Smalley, Scott Smalley (Kevin Smith), Adam Smalley and his granddaughter Katherine. Cherished brother of: Janet (Eize Bos), Marvin (Pam), Ben (Sharon), Eva (George Fudge). Friend and former wife, Linda. Dear friend and partner, Wendy Marles. Predeceased by his father George and his mother Eva Mae, his brothers: Edsel, Sydney, Alan, Kaydon, and former wife Carol Goodrich. 

A hard-working, dedicated worker, Murray brought joy to thousands in Southwestern Ontario through his work painting homes. Murray was a lifelong comedian who dabbled in stand-up comedy later in his life. An avid reader and student of history, Murray also loved spending time with his friends and family, long car rides, the bright lights of the Christmas season, and staying up way too late listening to his favourite jazz artists. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. 

At Murray’s request a Celebration of Life will take place in the spring. 

As an expression of sympathy, donations in memory of Murray may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Canada. 

The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice for their incredible compassion to Murray and his loved ones during this difficult time. 

Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. So sorry you are gone Murray. You was a kind funny man. Very much loved by your daughters family and friends.

  2. Murray was fun, kind and always had something hilarious and unexpected to say. I will miss his little quips and the way he laughed hardest before everyone could catch up. Say hi to Carol for me.❤️

  3. Our sincerest condolences to the family. Murray was a wonderful man, friend and cousin. He will be missed.

  4. Murray and I spent many lunches together, his sense of humor and kindness were only a fraction of his amazing character . He will be missed by many .

  5. I’m shocked and so very sorry to hear this news. Murray was so kind, sweet, loving and such a genuine lovely man. A true gentleman who loved music, laughter and his family.
    I send my condolences to his family and friends.

  6. My deepest condolences to Murrays family. Murray was always a pleasure to work with when we would see him at Doug Tarry Homes jobsites. Always had some sort of quirky little joke and a smile on his face. You will be missed Murray.

  7. My condolences to all the Highgate family in the loss of Murray. I remember Murray as a cute little mischievous boy, always happy & smiling. Those were the days at North Ekfrid public school. May all your wonderful memories help ease the sadness you are going through.

  8. My deepest condolences to Murray’s family & friends.
    I never knew Murray & met him only once at Sabrina & Adam’s wedding.
    Reading all of these condolences it is very clear how highly respected & well thought of Murray was.
    I’m so sorry Sabrina, Adam & Katey

  9. I only knew Murray through work, and for a short time at that. However in that brief time I had with the man I knew him to be a kind, funny soul that would always brighten my day without fail. All I know is the world is a little less bright without him. Rest In Peace Murray, you will be missed.

  10. Our condolences to the family. We met Murray 28 yrs ago when Linda started babysitting our baby. Through that connection, Murray started working for our company 25 yrs ago. He was well-liked not only by Jim (and Keith), but was a friend to all the other painters. We always appreciated his sense of humour. He will be sadly missed.

  11. My condolences to Murray’s family. I have worked with Murray for many years, and he always brought his sense of humour to brighten our day. His kindness and smile will be missed.

  12. Gone far too soon. Uncle Murray will be missed. He was a really cool Uncle. Much love to “his girls” and family.

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